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These South African-spiced Chakalaka Quesadillas are the perfect cheesy snack or light dinner. Made with spicy Chakalaka and dipped into sour cream and guacamole, this recipe is the perfect culinary mash-up!



Serves 4 | Prep Time 10 minutes | Total Time 20 minutes


  • 8 fresh corn tortillas
  • 1 package spicy Chakalaka, prepared
  • 2 cups shredded chihuahua cheese
  • 2 tablespoons oil, for frying
  • Optional Toppings:
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup green salsa
  • Fresh cilantro leaves


  1. Place 4 tortillas on a board or countertop.

  2. Spoon about 2 spoonfuls of Chakalaka onto each tortilla, spreading it out evenly across the surface.

  3. Top the Chakalaka with a nice handful of cheese on each.

  4. Top with another tortilla to close the quesadilla.

  5. Heat a large cast-iron skillet to medium heat. Add a tablespoon of the oil and two quesadillas.

  6. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until the cheese melts and the tortilla gets slightly crisp.

  7. Remove from the heat and repeat with the other 2 quesadillas.

  8. Once the quesadillas are cooked, cut them into 4 triangles.

  9. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, green salsa, and fresh cilantro.